News

A brekky bonanza at Beef Week

ABOVE: Beef Week queen entrants serve up sausages at Breakfast with the Butchers.
ABOVE: Beef Week queen entrants serve up sausages at Breakfast with the Butchers.

THOUSANDS of Casino locals and out-of-towners descended on the Beef Week breakfast yesterday to devour close to half a tonne of beef in under three hours.

The giant community barbecue was a serious affair with seven full-size barbies each manned by two to three chefs sizzling hard from 6.30am.

Veteran barbie chef Johnny Nicholls said it was the community spirit that kept him coming back to the hot plate for the last 25 years.

Mr Nicholls, a cattle breeder, was also looking forward to putting his three best steers on display in today's cattle competition, which will transform Casino's main roundabout into a genuine show ring.

"I haven't had a champ yet but I hope tomorrow is my day," he said. "The quality of cattle here is equivalent to the Brisbane Royal."

For the thousands queuing up for the free feed, it was a social time with the town abuzz with excitement and chatter.

Once the general public had their fill of snags and steak, it was time for three Beef Week celebrities to deliver their verdict in the sausage competition.

Richmond Mayor Ernie Bennett, sponsor Crowe Horwath's Andrew Stevens, and Beef Week Queen Brooke Hancock chewed over the nine entries for several minutes before coming to a consensus.

Mr Stevens said it was very challenging to pick a winner, with each snag delivering a different taste and texture sensation.

"It's a completely personal thing," he remarked.

Mayor Bennett agreed, commenting that each judge had picked a different winner so it was a matter of preference and the finer details that ultimately decided the result.

In the end it was Walker Street's Smith's Butchery that emerged as king of the snags, taking out both first and second prize.

Smith's chief butcher Grant Shedden was on hand to take the trophies, commenting that Richmond Valley produced "the best meat anywhere - but we already knew that".

He shared his "secret ingredients" in the winning snags: his "dad's famous red pumpkins" combined with locallimousin beef.

Beef Week president Stuart George said it was another huge year for Casino's biggest community event.

"There had to be four to five thousand people this morning," he said. "The crowds have been enormous at all the events.

"We couldn't be more happy with the way it's gone."

Mr George said every year roughly 95% of people in surveys said they would be back the following year.

"Casino is very proud of Beef Week. People love it; it brings out that community pride in the town, which is wonderful to see.

"There's not many towns in Australia where the main roundabout becomes a cattle ring."

Topics:  beef week, breakfast




Sunshine Sugar, a bright, local and sweet deal for locals

SWEET DEAL: Mark Lovett, Chairman Richmond River Canegrowers, Wayne Rodgers, Director Sunshine Sugar andJamie Kealy, IGA Manager, Ballina

Sunshine Sugar is promoting its local brand

Splendour revellers cool down with giant poo emoji

The Mr Poopie sculpture at Splendour in the Grass.

Mr Poopie sculpture is inspired by the ice cream/poop emoticon.

Splendour found The Cure

Robert Smith at the Splendour in the Grass Amphitheatre stage during The Cure's show.

Day two of Splendour in the Grass

Latest deals and offers

What's on the small screen this week

MasterChef Australia's final four contestants, from left, Harry Foster, Elena Duggan, Elise Franciskovic and Matt Sinclair.

MASTERCHEF makes way for The Bachelor on Ten's reality TV slate.

Splendour found The Cure

Robert Smith at the Splendour in the Grass Amphitheatre stage during The Cure's show.

Day two of Splendour in the Grass

Guy Sebastian a hit at Splendour in the Grass

Guy Sebastian performs at Splendour in the Grass with Paces.

REALITY TV judge a hit with festival crowd.

Splendour revellers cool down with giant poo emoji

The Mr Poopie sculpture at Splendour in the Grass.

Mr Poopie sculpture is inspired by the ice cream/poop emoticon.

Superheroes of the big screen enjoy sounds of Splendour

CHRIS Hemsworth and his Avengers mates drop by Byron festival.

Indigenous artist shows tourists secrets of Aboriginal painting

Ever thought "I could do that" about Aboriginal art?

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started